The Trans-Texas Corridor is now all but dead after TX-DOT's recommendation to federal highway authorities. This is TX-DOT executive director Amadeo Saenz.
"Following thousands of comments from Texans and in keeping with the Transportation Commission'sÎ¾commitment to consider existing facilities before work on new locations, the impact of the comments that we received, the impact on the corridor, theÎ¾impact on properties because of timeliness of the process and additional comments that dealt with impacts to the environment and properties, we've sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration where we're recommending the no-action alternative for the TTC35 Tier One environmental study."Î¾
TX-DOT has already spent millions of dollars on studies for the corridor. That total could go higher as it brings
the project to a halt. TX-DOT's Ted Houghton admits the agency probably dropped the ball in promoting the corridor.Î¾Î¾
"We didn't do a very good job of explaining the Trans-Texas Corridor. A lot of it was mostly out fault in how we explained it, how we rolled it out. We're notÎ¾ very good marketers here at the Texas Department of Transportation and I've got the scars to prove it."
The entire project would have cost at least $175 billion. Now, officials say they'll use some of that money to make
improvements on existing roadways in Central Texas.Î¾
Jack Williams. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.